Friday, April 5, 2013

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Donatello, David, c. 1444-1446, 
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

Donatello seemed to prefer clay modelling and woodcarving rather than stone masonry. Perhaps because they were more products from above the earth or of the earth. Maybe feeling more French in technique than Italian the sculptures are more expressive and this is a medium that suited his oeuvre. The sculpture housed in the Bargello National Museum does mainly seem to be made from stone. Given how productive Donatello seemed to be as a sculptor perhaps the stone pieces were completed in the workshop by students and those working under his direction. Settignano was supposed to be his predecessor but did not live very long.

Donatello, Judith and Holofernes, c. 1456-1457

Donatello, St. George, c. 1416-1417, 
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

Donatello, David, c. 1408-1409, 
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence